Diamond Shavings: Your Friday Web Roundup

This week: Alex and Ani sues local jeweler. Amazon to send you things before you even buy them. Jewelry company names itself Diamonds Are Evil. All below.


Robbins Brothers sold to investment firm.


GIA develops, will sell synthetic diamond detector.

– Synthetics may “sully Surat’s image.”


Court doesn’t toss claim that Tiffany setting is generic.


Bank Leumi no longer offering U.S. diamond financing.

– Why are banks leaving the industry?

– Antwerp bank’s buyer worried about U.S. regulators.


Retail braces for “wave of store closings.”

– Target laying off 475 people.

– Sears reportedly shutting Chicago flagship.

– Stores running out of quality space, report says.

– Malls starting to feel the pain.


Discount retailer Dots files for chapter 11.


Michael Hill U.S. comps up 2%.


Saks to spend $1.25 billion to rejuvenate chain.


Neiman Marcus to expand selectively.

Neiman hacking affected 1.1 million customers.

– Software in hacking may be traced to Russian teenager.

– Hacker misidentified.

– Arrests at border may have link.

– Target touts chip-based cards.

– Massive hacking in South Korea.

– FBI warns more breaches coming.


Amazon expanding scrutiny of silver sellers.


Online customers “no longer just looking for lowest price.”


Amazon to send you things before you buy them.


Five examples of smart jewelry.


Today Show calls wristwatch “endangered.” (Video)

The New York Times on smartwatches (by JCK’s Victoria Gomelsky)

– Timex stresses fashion in new campaign.

– Is Apple becoming a luxury brand?


Luxury watchmakers expect growth in the next year.

– Swiss watchmakers turn to jewelry.  


Head of LVMH jewelry division resigns; Biver takes over watch brands.


De Beers hikes rough prices.

– CEO touts relationships.


Diamond business encouraged by economic growth.


Belgium Parliament committee wants KP mandate expanded.

– Peter Meeus responds (in Flemish).

More reports of atrocities in Zimbabwe diamond fields.


Angolan president’s daughter owns a Swiss jeweler.


Half of U.S. companies “not prepared” for Dodd-Frank.

– The JVC on Dodd-Frank and supply chain assurance.


Jewelry company names itself Diamonds Are Evil. Good lord.


World Diamond Council institutes reforms.


South African platinum miners strike.


Netherlands high-end jewelry chain Siebel has closed.


Alex and Ani sues local jeweler.


ICE-WATCH, Swatch end litigation.


Palm Beach jeweler sued by customer.


Former Gucci vet joins Gemvara.


London diamond bourse appoints first chief operating officer.


Susan O’Connor joins Slane.


Andrea Hansen elected WJA president.


Alex and Ani sponsors London taxis.


Retailer offers refund if there’s a Superbowl safety.


How a Rolex photo is retouched.


“Exceptional” 29 ct. blue found in South Africa.

– Quartz.com asks “Why are blue diamonds blue?”

–  Los Angeles Times interviews Russ Shor about blue stones.


New U.K. boiler room diamond scam.


Suspects say “I love you” during jewelry store robbery.


Girls embraces baby teeth jewelry.


The chromosome jewelry collection.


Kardashian/Kayne West child may get diamond-covered shoes.


Slate upset about “sponsored marriage proposals.”


Seven dwarfs diamond mine to become Disney World attraction.


Media Watch

– Cleveland.com’s history of diamond engagement rings.

– Redeye Chicago runs another anti-diamond article. (It ran another one last month. It must have something else to write about.)

– The CBC looks at Saskatchewan diamond mining.


From the blog:

GIA Develops, Will Sell Synthetic Diamond Detector

Why Are Banks Leaving the Industry?


From JCK:

My article on jewelry auctions


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